KRA in MI Team Newsletter

June, 2021

KRA Updates

Please help our team plan for the 2021-2022 administration by participating in this ThoughtExchange, a new collaborative tool we are using. You'll be asked to respond to one open-ended question. Then, consider and assign stars to some of the ideas shared by others. Your thoughts and stars are confidential. You can come back as often as you'd like to participate. The ratings will help us understand the most important areas to focus on.

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Training Materials Update

The following training materials are now updated and available.

  • KRA Online Modules
  • Teacher Training Materials
  • Simulator and Content Assessment
  • Teacher Refresher Module
  • Recertification Content Assessment

Refresher Training for Trainers

We appreciate the nearly 300 trainers that joined us on June 2nd for the Refresher Training for Trainers. Your time and efforts in ensuring your teachers are ready to administer do not go unnoticed. Here are a few resources you may find helpful as you get started with your training plans.

If you are a KRA trainer that was trained prior to this year, you need to watch the recording of the June 2 Refresher Training for Trainers or complete the refresher module on the Trainer PD site. All trainers need to complete the refresher content assessment prior to any teacher trainings with an 80% or higher. The Refresher Training for Trainers recording includes extra information to make it easier for you to plan your training as well as a walkthrough of the KReady site while the KReady online refresher modules only includes basic content.

Data Manager Training Part A Resources

Thank you to all who attended the Data Manager Training Part A. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedules to learn more about the KReady system and how to load teacher data. Here are a few resources you may find helpful as you get started. Remember, only teacher data can be entered into the system at this time. All student and enrollment data must not be entered until after the next year's administration window opens on July 26th, 2021.

Our team has created this newsletter to be one source of information on the KRA but it is only a snapshot of where we are at in our planning and progress upon sending. For the most up-to-date information, please be sure to visit our new website!

All information from is now housed here, as well.

The 2021-2022 KRA Prior Care Form has been updated to include a pandemic section to gather data on how the pandemic changed prior care decisions made by families. This information is needed for kindergarten registration. Families should select one option as it will be input into the KReady system as a dropdown option.

Did you forget what your KRA Kit looks like? Here are a few pictures to help you find your kit.

"A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential." - Brené Brown

No matter your role, you are a leader whether it is in the classroom, school building, district, ISD, or state. It is important to know how you as a leader can grow and become the very best you can be. Brené Brown has created a Dare to Lead Hub. Here you will find a plethora of resources. One of which is the Daring Leadership Assessment that reviews strengths and opportunities for growth in the four courage-building skill sets: Rumbling with Vulnerability, Living Into Your Values, Braving Trust, and Learning to Rise.

Old Fashioned Summer Bucket List

Provide families with an Old Fashioned Summer Bucketlist challenge. After a year filled with tons of online learning and transitions, this list of activities may be a refreshing change of pace for families.

Summer Conversation Starters

Conversation starters are a fun way to engage in fun, thoughtful, or reflective conversations with children. These conversation starters can also help children develop social-emotional skills and characteristics such as gratitude, imagination, empathy, and confidence. Share the Summer Conversation Starters Calendar with families to use over summer break. Families can use these conversation starters in the car, at the dinner table, or while completing any routine with their child. These are a sure-fire way to laugh and learn about children!

Engaging Math Resources

Critical Thinking Questions

Critical thinking questions move beyond simple comprehension, retelling facts, or summarizing the text. It requires children to connect, infer, categorize, and manipulate the information read. Use the Critical Thinking Questions above to challenge children to think more deeply about what they read.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Please save the date for these statewide KRA implementation training opportunities. As enhancements to the training are still being determined, dates and times are subject to change. To register, you will likely need to create a new account as we are using a new registration platform this year.

Note: All registrations require an account with the WISD Online Registration system.

New Training of Trainers (ToT) Training

This training will certify trainers to train teachers to administer the KRA with fidelity, use the KReady system to collect data, and access the online resources.

All training will be held virtually. The dates below are for all new trainers across the state. Trainers need only participate in one of the bulleted options. After new trainers register for one of the options below, they will receive an email with asynchronous modules that must be completed prior to the selected training date. Please keep in mind, registration will close two weeks prior to the start of the training. Up to 9 SCECH will be available, four are synchronous with the KRA in MI Team and five hours are asynchronous.

Data Manager Training Part B: Student Data

This virtual training will prepare new and existing data managers to load teacher, student, and enrollment data to support the fall administration of the KRA.

Teacher Refresher Training

This virtual training will provide teachers who have already participated in initial training in previous administration years with a synchronous review of the KRA, how to administer the KRA throughout the day, and utilize the data for instruction. Teachers must also complete the Teacher Recertification Module and Content Assessment asynchronously through the KReady system.

Connect With Us!

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Melissa Brooks-Yip

KRA/MKEO Supervisor

Miriam White

KRA/MKEO Specialist

Alyssa Nicol

KRA/MKEO Facilitator and Data Coach

Regions 4, 7, 8 and 9

Chelsea Chambers

KRA/MKEO Facilitator and Data Coach

Regions 6 and 10

Cindy Brown

KRA/MKEO Facilitator and Data Coach

Regions 1, 2, 3, and 5